Brazilian Groups Respond to Pandemic with Solidarity and Resistance

Channel partner ELAS+, the Brazilian women’s fund, hosted a livestream on March 23, 2022 where they launched a unique and vital research report, “Activism and Pandemic in Brazil.”

DAWN Investigates Feminist Challenges in a Digital World

In March 2022, Channel partner DAWN released the year’s first “DAWN Informs,” a periodical publication highlighting the organization’s latest analyses, critiques, and commentaries. This edition was titled “Feminist Challenges in a Digital World.”

Solidarity with Ukraine

To stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, particularly the women being forced to flee and activists taking on the role of humanitarian responders, consider supporting some of Channel’s longtime partners who are set up to get funds directly to grassroots groups on the ground and are actively engaging in advocacy around ending this war. 

OutRight Highlights LBQ Women’s Activism

Channel partner OutRight Action International launched LBQ Connect, a global feminist program aimed at lifting up supporting, and highlighting lesbian, bisexual, and queer (LBQ) activism around the world. 

IJDH Responds to Haiti’s UN Human Rights Council Review

On January 31, 2022, the United Nations Human Rights Council held Haiti’s third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) as an evaluation of the country’s human rights compliance. The Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), long-time Channel grantee partner, responded to this UPR in a couple webinars.

FLD Details Threats to WHRDs Including Pegasus Attacks

In January 2022, Channel partner Front Line Defenders (FLD) released a report featuring accounts from women human rights defenders (WHRDs) on the impact of ongoing Pegasus spyware attacks.

OutRight Releases Reports on Iraq and Afghanistan

In January 2022, Channel partner OutRight Action International, along with Human Rights Watch, published a report on increased threats to LGBT people in Afghanistan after the Taliban takeover. In February 2022, OutRight partnered with the group IraQueer to release a similar report on the lives of queer women in Iraq.

Colombia Decriminalizes Abortion

On February 21, 2022, the Constitutional Court of Colombia ruled to expand the rights of women and girls to obtain safe, legal abortions. This ruling represents a clumination of over 15 years of work by Channel partner Women’s Link Worldwide and local partners in the region. 

Disability Justice Project Lifts Up Voices of Persons with Disabilities

The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) launched the Disability Justice Project (DJP) on February 7, 2022 in partnership with journalism educator and human rights filmmaker Judy Santos and other nationally recognized media makers.

Indigenous Women in Guatemala Win Landmark Sexual Assault Case

On January 24, 2022, Guatemala’s highest court convicted five men for the rape of 36 Indigenous Maya Achi women during the height of the country’s civil war in the 1980s. This landmark victory comes as a result of mobilizing by the women affected with the support of Channel partner the Fund for Global Human Rights (FGHR.

Cultural Survival Celebrates Court Win for Indigenous Peoples in Guatemala

On December 17, 2021, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) ruled that Guatemala was in violation of the rights to freedom of expression of Indigenous peoples. Channel partner Cultural Survival held a press conference to clarify the importance of this ruling and celebrate.

MONES Advocacy Leads to Change in Mongolian Labor Law

On June 24, 2021, Article 7, which prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace (SHW), was approved without any revisions by the Mongolian Parliament as part of a revised version of the country’s Labor Law, marking a major win for long time Channel grantee partner the Mongolian Women’s Fund (or MONES).

FRIDA Reflects in “What the Water Brings” Report

In late 2021, Channel partner FRIDA Young Feminist Fund published a holistic reflection on their work in climate and environmental justice over the past three years in a report, “What the Water Brings.”

Global Press Article Contributes to End of Virginity Testing in Mongolia

In a June 2021 article for Channel partner Global Press Institute, reporter Khorloo Khukhnokhoi brought attention to the practice of virginity testing on teenage girls in Mongolian schools. In November 2021, Mongolia’s Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education issued a joint regulation making the practice punishable.

DRC Activist Awarded Humanitarian Prize

Julienne Lusenge, the founder of multiple organizations working to combat sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was awarded the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity on Oct. 9, 2021.

Legal Empowerment Fund to Tackle Global Justice Gap

The Fund for Global Human Rights (FGHR) recently announced the Legal Empowerment Fund, a bold new initiative with the aim of closing the global justice gap.

Standing in Solidarity and Getting Support to Women & Girls in Afghanistan

If you wish to show #SolidaritywithAfghanWomen and to #StandwithAfghanWomen, consider getting direct support to them as well as signing on to various advocacy efforts pushing to ensure a swift passage to safety for them.

DAWN Launches Feminists for a People’s Vaccine Campaign

Channel partner Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) recently partnered with Third World Network (TWN) to launch the Feminists for a People’s Vaccine campaign, which challanges major inequalities in access to medicines.

Bonnie Jenkins, WCAPS Founder, Confirmed as Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs

On July 21, 2021, the US Senate confirmed Bonnie Jenkins, Founder and former Executive Director of Channel grantee partner Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security, and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS), as Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs.

President Biden Appoints OutRight’s Jessica Stern as Special Envoy for International LGBTQI Rights

On June 25, 2021, President Joe Biden announced his appointment of Jessica Stern, the Executive Director of Channel grantee partner OutRight Action International (OutRight), to be the U.S. Special Envoy to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQI+ Persons at the Department of State.

“Time To Decolonize Aid”: WCAPS Contributes to New Report

A powerful report, “Time to Decolonize Aid,” which calls on international aid organizations to decolonize aid and tackle structural racism head-on was published on May 10, 2021.

Young Feminist Groups Weathering the Storm of COVID-19

In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Channel partner Purposeful and others set up the Global Resilience Fund to provide resources to young women and girl groups organizing in response. A year later, Purposeful released a report highlighting the voices and perspectives of these feminist activists.

World Pulse Publishes Visionary #SheTransformsTech Report

World Pulse, a long-time Channel grantee partner, published an in-depth collection of data-driven insights, personal narratives, and visionary solutions in the #SheTransformsTech report (April 2021).

Merging Women’s Rights and Disability Rights Movements

Channel grantee partner Mobility International USA (MIUSA) and MADRE released a Practice Note in March 2021 which traces their efforts on merging women’s rights and disability rights movements through an innovative two-year partnership.

Vida Afrolatina Announces Inaugural Black and Afro-Descendant Led Grantees

On March 8, International Women’s Day, 2021, Vida Afrolatina, Channel Foundation’s newest grantee partner, announced the first four grantees of their pilot grant cycle.

Channel Partners Help Secure Legal Abortion in Argentina

On Dec 30, 2020, Argentina legalized free and safe abortion in a landmark win for reproductive justice activists including Channel grantee partners inroads, RESURJ, and FRIDA. Former Channel grantee partner Ipas was also involved in the effort. 

New Report Out on a Peace-First Approach to Resolving the Korean Crisis

A February 2021 report released by Korea Peace Now! — a global coalition of women’s peace organizations — and co-written by Christine Ahn, co-founder of Channel grantee partner Women Cross DMZ (WCDMZ), explores how a peace-first approach can resolve the security crisis on the Korean Peninsula.

Leading from the South Initiative Receives 5 More Years of Funding from Dutch Government

The Leading from the South (LFS) initiative, developed by Channel grantee partner the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI) and the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), Fondo Mujeres del Sur (FMS) and Women’s Fund Asia (WFA), has received five additional years of funding from the Dutch government.

WCDMZ’s Christine Ahn Announced Winner of 2020 US Peace Prize

The Board of Directors of the US Peace Memorial Foundation unanimously voted to award the 2020 US Peace Prize to Channel grantee partner Women Cross DMZ (WCDMZ) Co-Founder, Christine Ahn, for her “bold activism to end the Korean War, heal its wounds, and promote women’s roles in building peace.”

Feminist Peace Initiative Calls for Movement-Driven US Foreign Policy Framework

Channel grantee partner, Women Cross DMZ (WCDMZ), announced a Feminist Peace Initiative in partnership with Grassroots Global Justice Alliance and MADRE. The Initiative dramatically reimagines US foreign policy by building on intersectional feminist principles.

World Pulse Member Receives Prestigious Holman Prize

Tiffany Brar, a member and vocal contributor to Channel grantee partner World Pulse’s online digital community, received the prestigious Holman Prize in 2020.  Brar is the first Indian to receive the award.

Sur Journal Celebrates Human Rights Defenders

Channel partner Conectas launched the 30th issue of its Sur International Journal of Human Rights in August 2020. The objective of Sur 30 is to look at human rights defenders from a different perspective – to celebrate defenders’ victories (and not the challenges they face) by focusing on the paths they have taken.

Front Line Defenders Launches Monthly Digital Comic ‘Zine

In July 2020, Channel grantee partner Front Line Defenders (FLD) launched Cypher (@cypher_comics on Instagram), a digital comics magazine that advances the organization’s storytelling and narrative framing work in collaboration with and in support of human rights defenders (HRDs).

Report Details the State of LBQ Movements

Channel grantee partner Mama Cash and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice launched a report on June 23, 2020 which showcases LBQ activists’ work and their current lack of resources, making a powerful case for why greater and more effective funding is needed.

Feminist Foreign Policy in the US Initiative Launched

On May 21, 2020, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) launched a report alongside more than 50 leading humanitarian, foreign policy, and women’s rights groups including Channel grantee partners Global Fund for Women (GFW), the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN), and Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights (UAF).

Cultural Survival Responds to COVID-19 in Indigenous Communities

On June 18, 2020, Channel grantee partner Cultural Survival launched a mapping project (see map below) to document and disseminate data that illustrates the impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous Peoples and communities as part their broader effort to respond to the growing crisis with a holistic, multi-layered approach.

OutRight Launches COVID-19 Response

Channel new grantee OutRight Action International is responding quickly to COVID-19 and has launched a new emergency fund and a new report on the particular vulnerabilities of LGBTIQ people during the coronavirus crisis.

GFW Fundamental Documentary Series Available for Streaming

Channel grantee partner, Global Fund for Women (GFW) and two-time academy award-winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy partnered to create Fundamental–-a documentary film series about feminist grassroots movements and community leaders across the world.

Mary Lawlor Appointed UN Special Rapporteur on HRDs

On March 12th, 2020, Mary Lawlor, the founder of long-time Channel grantee partner Front Line Defenders (FLD), was appointed as UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders.

Our Rights, Our Safety Toolkit for Defenders Launched

Channel grantee Just Associates (JASS) launched a new 5-module toolkit for women activists and defenders everywhere: Our Rights, Our Safety: Resources for Women Human Rights Defenders. 

Communications Revolution in Human Rights

Channel grantee partner, the Fund for Global Human Rights, in collaboration with JustLabs, published a new learning paper on narrative strategies for human rights funders, activists and civil society.

Abortion Decriminalized in Oaxaca

On September 25th, 2019, abortion was decriminalized in the state of Oaxaca. Channel grantee partner, Consorcio Oaxaca, played a key role in the process.

WLW’s Historic Win In Colombia

In a groundbreaking case, Channel grantee partner, Women’s Link Worldwide (WLW), successfully advocated on behalf of their client Helena* in Colombia. During the armed conflict in Colombia, the FARC guerrilla group recruited 14-year-old Helena and forced her to use contraceptives and have an abortion in inhumane conditions.

AWID Releases “Toward A Feminist Funding Ecosystem”

Channel grantee partner, Association For Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), published their new report, “Toward A Feminist Funding Ecosystem.” The report explores what it would take to create a world where feminist movements were abundantly resourced.

WRC Receives Disability Inclusion Award

On June 12th, 2019, Channel grantee partner, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) received InterAction’s 2019 Disability Inclusion Award. Founded in 1984, InterAction is the largest alliance of international NGOs and partners in the United States.

Women with Disabilities Transforming Movements Report

On June 25th, 2019 Disability Rights Fund (DRF) released their “1 in 5” report which features women with disabilities sharing the impact DRF’s funding has had on them.

ILO Convention on Ending GBV in World of Work Adopted

On June 21, 2019 in Geneva, the International Labor Organization (ILO) adopted a landmark international agreement banning gender-based violence and harassment in the workplace.

First Ever Global Study on Mental Health and Well-Being of Advocates Released

Channel grantee partners FRIDA and AWID, as well as The Defensoras, are three of five case studies featured in From a “Culture of Unwellness” to Sustainable Advocacy: Organizational Responses to Mental Health Risks in the Human Rights Field.

Women, Peace and Security 2019 Report Released

In June 2019, Channel grantee partner World Pulse released a report on Women, Peace and Security. The report is a culmination of crowdsourced stories, experiences, and expertise of women across the world that are democratizing peacebuilding and security efforts.

Astraea Launches Top Ten Feminist Funding Principles

On May 17th, 2019 Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice announced the release of their top ten Feminist Funding Principles. The principles share what Astraea has learned over the last four decades about what it takes to support activists on the front lines to make enduring social change.

Equality Fund Created to Mobilize Unprecedented Funds

On June 2nd, 2019 the Canadian government announced a $300 million multi-year award partnership with The Equality Fund.

Women’s Funding Landscape Study Released

The Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI) at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy released Women’s Foundations and Funds: a Landscape Study on May 14th, 2019 with updated data and expanded scope looking at the world of women’s philanthropy.

Korea Peace Now! Women Mobilizing to End the War Campaign

On March 14th, 2019, Channel grantee partners Women Cross DMZ (WCDMZ) and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) officially launched the Korea Peace Now! Women Mobilizing to End the War campaign to end the war on the Korean Peninsula.

FIMI’s Joan Carling Recieves Champions of the Earth Award

On September 26, 2018, Joan Carling, a member of the Board of Channel grantee the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (or FIMI), has been awarded the prestigious Champions of the Earth Award for her lifetime achievements defending the environment and indigenous rights.

India Decriminalizes Homosexuality

On September 6, 2018, the Supreme Court of India made the ground breaking decision to decriminalize homosexuality after a 24-year struggle by activists. Channel partner CREA played a key role in this struggle as a founding member of Voices Against 377, a coalition of human rights, women’s rights, queer rights, and child rights groups based in Delhi.

Online Collective Security Resource Created

In wake of worsening violence against human rights defenders, Channel grantee partners Just Associates (JASS) and the Fund for Global Human Rights (FGHR) collaborated to create a “Power and Protection” multimedia resource page that provides insights from dialogues with activists, NGOs and donors from around the world.

Radical Hope Fund Award

Channel grantee partners Women Cross DMZ and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, in collaboration with Nobel Women’s Initiative were chosen out of 1,000 applications by the NoVo Foundation to receive funding from their Radical Hope Fund in 2018.

“Our Voices, Our Environment” Call to Action

In March 2018 the Global Greengrants Fund published the first ever benchmarking report looking at philanthropic funding in support of women and the environment.

Pioneering Toolkit for Women with Disabilities

On March 14, 2018 as a part of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York, Channel grantee Women Enabled International (WEI) officially launched their accountABILITY Toolkit.

Mobile App Connects Women Around the World

Just in time for International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018, Channel grantee partner World Pulse released their first mobile app along with a newly redesigned website.

Spotlight on Two Activist Founders

Women in Foreign Policy recently spotlighted two remarkable founders of Channel grantee partners in their online series on women with disabilities working in a variety of international fields.

‘Reclaiming Civic Space’ New Edition of Sur

On January 16th, 2018, Channel grantees Fund for Global Human Rights (FGHR) and Conectas Human Rights launched the 26th edition of Sur-International Journal on Human Rights.

Young Feminist Resource Mobilization Toolkit Published

“What could take the impact of young feminist organizing to a whole new level?” FRIDA’s answer is: Money, AND the skills to mobilize it.

Asia Pacific Fund for WHRDs Launched

Over one hundred women’s human rights advocates and donors gathered in Colombo, Sri Lanka Oct. 24, 2017 to celebrate the launch of Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights Asia & Pacific (UAF-AP), the newest sister fund

Chile Votes to Lift Total Abortion Ban

On August 21, 2017 Chile’s Constitutional Court voted in favor of lifting the total ban on abortion in the country.  With this shift, Chile will no longer be considered one of the most restrictive countries

Ending ‘Marry-Your-Rapist’ Laws

Within weeks of each other in the summer of 2017, Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia all closed legal loopholes allowing rapists to escape criminal convictions by marrying the survivor. It’s a huge victory for feminists in the region

Video Captures WILD Panama in Action

In March 2017 Mobility International USA (MIUSA) united 20 women with disabilities from 10 regions of Panama

Women Out Front: Indigenous Community Radio Workshop

Cultural Survival Quarterly profiles a March 2017 professional capacity building workshop they organized for indigenous women community radio broadcasters in Central America

We Rise Movement Toolkit Launched

Channel grantee partner JASS/Just Associates has launched a new online learning platform, We Rise: Movement Building Reimagined!

Supporting Inclusive Movements: Funding the Rights of Women with Disabilities

Leading advocates and women’s rights donors agree that much more can and needs to be done to include women with disabilities

New Report Documents Human Rights Abuses for Women in Artisanal Mining in DRC 

Channel grantee partner the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) launched a report on Oct. 20, 2016, 

Report Launched on the Status of Funding for Indigenous Women’s Groups

Three Channel partners – the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (FIMI), and International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP) –

GNWP Receives Livia Foundation 2016 Award of Honor 

The Livia Foundation granted the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) its 2016 Award, saying that, “GNWP promotes

Advocate Stephanie Ortoleva Named a Leader of the 21st Century

On May 2, 2016, President and Founder of Channel partner Women Enabled International,

First Ever Global Women’s Disability Rights Advocacy Report Released

On March 8, 2016, International Women’s Day, Channel grantee partner Women Enabled International,

Indigenous Women Help Lead Launch of Central America Radio Network

Indigenous women community radio journalists from several Central American countries

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi Wins 2015 WISE Prize for Education

In November 2015 Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, Founder of Channel grantee partner, the Afghan Institute for Learning (AIL), won the 2015 WISE Prize for Education,

The Better Peace Tool Launches 

In October 2015 Channel grantee partner the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) launched their Better Peace Tool,

Launch of Global Study on 1325 Implementation

In October 2015, a new independent Global Study on the Implementation of United National Security Council Resolution 1325, “Preventing Conflict, Transforming Justice, Securing the Peace: The Future of Women, Peace, and Security,” was launched at the United Nations.

Women Enabled International Launches First Mapping Project

In August 2015, Channel grantee partner Women Enabled international (WEI) launched a survey to help create a first-ever map and report of the field of advocates